British Butterflies are disappearing!

  Butterflies are the canary of our environment to a great  degree. National butterfly counts continue to indicate specific species in decline, particularly impacting on certain ones, like the Small Tortoiseshell and the Highbrown Fastillary (close to extinction?). Habitat loss, and habitat fragmentation, interrupt the balance on a delicate and complex food chain.

     In September, you can see up to 37 varieties of butterflies in Britain, still!

     You can learn much more, and you can help support butterfly conservation efforts, by checking out  British Butterflies at

     The butterflies need your help…



NPR has an intervew with Abigail Derby Lewis, a senior conservation ecologist at the Field Museum in Chicago discussing how creating urban habitat to help Monarch Butterflies. Planting milkweed can help Monarchs as milkweed is the only plant that females can lay their eggs on. Read or listen to the interview By Creating Habitats For Monarch […]

via Creating Urban Habitats To Help Monarch Butterflies — Natural History Wanderings

This 2015 video from the USA says about itself: Tell Bayer: Stop Killing Our Bees America’s bees are dying at some of the highest rates ever, struggling to survive a deluge of next-generation pesticides called “neonics” unleashed by multinational chemical giants like Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer — the world’s largest manufacturer of these bee-killing chemicals. […]

via European Union neonicotinoid ban not enough for suburban bees — Dear Kitty. Some blog

The New York Times reports The Interior Department on Thursday proposed the most sweeping set of changes in decades to the Endangered Species Act, the law that brought the bald eagle and the Yellowstone grizzly bear back from the edge of extinction but which Republicans say is cumbersome and restricts economic development. The proposed revisions […]

via Interior Department Proposes Severely Weakening Endangered Species Act — Natural History Wanderings

This year appears to have been a good one for the Small Skipper (Thymelicus sylvestris). All around the local area at present, these energetic, golden, thimble-sized butterflies adorn roadside verges, roundabouts, parkland and wasteland: livening up walks in the city as they flit from bloom to bloom. Appearing to particularly favour the pale-purple flowers of […]

via Small Skipper — James Common